VIDEO: Man Draws On Cop, Getting Jump On Him, But Still Loses Gunfight

Noble Police Officer Joshua Lesher ended the threat before the gunman even knew what happened.

Jan 25, 2019

Noble, OK – An armed robbery suspect pulled a handgun on a Noble police officer just before the officer shot him three times, video footage showed.

The incident occurred on Dec. 18, 2018, after Noble Police Officer Joshua Lesher spotted a man riding a motorcycle with a passenger who appeared to be underage, The Norman Transcript reported.

The passenger was not wearing any protective gear, so Officer Lesher initiated a traffic stop in the 400-block of North Second Street.

He then made contact with the rider, 38-year-old Layland Ted Lewis, who gave the officer a false name of Carl Huff, according to court documents.

Officer Lesher was unable to verify Lewis’ alias name and date of birth through dispatch, and was planning to detain him, when Lewis slipped a handgun out of his pocket and pointed it at the officer’s face.

Officer Lesher immediately deflected the weapon by knocking the suspect’s hand to the side, while he simultaneously drew his duty weapon and fired three rounds, the video showed.

“Shots fired! Shots fired!” the officer alerted over his radio repeatedly.

Lewis was rushed to Norman Regional Hospital, and was later transported to the OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City, The Norman Transcript reported.

He was treated for his gunshot wounds and released to police, and has since been charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Officer Lesher was uninjured during the altercation.

Investigators also learned that Lewis was the subject of a $100,000 bench warrant out of Cleveland County at the time of the shooting, which was issued after he failed to appear on a felony armed robbery charge.

Lewis later told investigators that Officer Lesher shot him after he simply opened up his jacket to show the officer he had a firearm.

Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn has since cleared Officer Lesher of any criminal wrongdoing for shooting Lewis, KOCO reported.

You can watch dashcam and bodycam footage of the officer’s encounter with Lewis in the video below.

Comments (52)
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MFLindsey
MFLindsey

Well done Police!!!

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

IDIOT, GOT HIS JUST REWARDS.

Jim24739
Jim24739

Awesome reflexes and an awesome job by Officer Lesher!

Mrs581R
Mrs581R

Well done officer!!

Ghost31289
Ghost31289

I just want to give a big shout out to BLM and the ACLU. Without you guys we wouldn’t have the proliferation of body cameras we do now that show us that 99% of the time the cop is the good guy and criminals are filthy liars. Thanks for having blue’s backs!

GMMiller
GMMiller

Wyatt Earp is that you? nice shooting officer.

wolfrat1
wolfrat1

Going home to the family the same way he came to work.

BlueMooseCode4
BlueMooseCode4

There is no video or link

bear330
bear330

Good job officer!

Boomer138
Boomer138

If he didn't have his dash cam on and the body cam. The media would have portrayed the perpetrator as a victim while badmouthing the Officer. Then some local Democrat like Poster Girl -Gabby Gifford would use this as a photo-op for her anti-gun agenda. Good Job Good Call Good Training. Glad he makes it home that day.

DavidPeoria
DavidPeoria

scroll down toward bottom for video

LEO0301
LEO0301

How did that man survive three rounds at close range? It sure looked like the bullets hit him in some vital areas.

Patmandy
Patmandy

Back the Blue ! So the suspect said he just opened his jacket to show the cop he had a gun? Hmmmm well when you SHOW a gun in that order to a cop,it gets lost in translation or your body. Thank you Lord for protecting this Officer.

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

I guess officer Lesher was his huckleberry!

KMdale
KMdale

Well done to the Officer. Stopped the initial threat and the the individual in the red shirt to the Officer's right. I'll mirror the comment from Ghost31289. Dash and Body cameras are quite valuable.

Kevcali
Kevcali

Righteous!

stooge819
stooge819

That's a well trained officer. Glad he was unhurt. I always love the whining after they get shot too. Priceless.

Ace17
Ace17

That's Awesome!

MajScallywag
MajScallywag

Good maneuvering and good shooting officer. Great shooting would have been if the criminal had assumed room temperature! Especially glad that the officer was unharmed! Great application of training!

amdguru
amdguru

Great job officer! Happy the officer was not harmed and the piece of garbage was owned.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Great shooting. Well trained officer. GO BLUE!!!🤣👍

RugerDan
RugerDan

Well done!

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Damn, too bad this POS isn't taking a permanent dirt nap!! Good job officer!! Glad you are okay!!

carterter
carterter

Excellent job.

Dave Pierce
Dave Pierce

Sorry folks but your boy was wrong and the cops did the country a favor. I only pity the cop who has to live with the memory.

pbm4jc
pbm4jc

God was watching over the officer. The criminal's gun seemed to have been jammed bc he had a drop on the officer.

bill fuse
bill fuse

Anytime our Blue Line, needs to have a Blue Out Flu weekend...just let us know. My Mr Smith & Mr Wesson, and old Mr Mossberg will be waiting, to protect my community. Great defensive and offensive LEO shooting. Glad you are safe!

crazykatz
crazykatz

Too BAD THE VILLAIN IS STILL IN THE WORLD.

Trefflek
Trefflek

Lighting fast reaction time!!!

Betsy Shane
Betsy Shane

Exactly body cams are great protects the blue from evil blm & evil aclu for sure both are home grown terrorist group of dumb communist democrats!!!

Betsy Shane
Betsy Shane

Yes yes so true!!

Pennyforheaven777
Pennyforheaven777

Pliceofficers don't enjoy having to shoot another person but clearly He done what had to be done for the officer To see his family at the end if the day Every officer faces this everyday Sure isn't for the money their paycheck ! Isn't crap It's when they saved a life is when it was most definitely worth it And when they know when they look into the eyes of their LOVE one thank you Jesus Christ

Grog
Grog

Good defensive tactics! Outstanding job! Well done!

Hoops
Hoops

Beautiful move by the cop

Janken
Janken

Thankfully the idiots finger didnt react. Thank you to the blue lives matter. I am so thoughtful of our police and our soldiers. Firemen. The paramedics. All the men and women who put their lives on the line each day for us. I just wish each punk that thinks he is smart should be put in boot camp for a year and if he wants his record cleared he goes to Iraq. If he thinks he's still smart he goes to jail

Daughter
Daughter

GREAT JOB!!! Thank God you are safe!! I APPRECIATE THE RISKS YOU TAKE TO PROTECT AND SERVE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOU SERVICE!!!!!!